For some old-fashioned family fun with the added twist of new toys, Richmond Days is sure to offer plenty of entertainment for all ages.

And the best part? It’s easy on the family budget.

“This is a great family event and there is free admission. There aren’t many events that are free like this anymore,” said Laurisa Loon, coordinator of Richmond Days.

The fun starts at 6 p.m. Friday with the children’s parade, followed by a concert.

You might think inflatable bounce houses are just for little ones, but big kids will love the inflatable basketball shootout and gladiator jouster ring that will be set up by Compass Rose Events at Fort Richmond Waterfront Park.

The old-fashioned “Rascally Relays” will feature sack and three-legged races, balloon tosses and plenty of prizes for winners.

For those who like a little high-tech challenge, check out the Wii game tent for friendly family competition on flat-screen TVs. Virtual bowling, tennis and other games will keep you moving.

The fireman’s muster will have a new twist this year. Instead of the firefighters doing all the work, kids will be invited to join a team to learn the (hose) ropes.

Other free activities include a magic show, barrel train rides around town, lobster crate races and, of course, the fireworks.

“We always have a good fireworks show,” Loon said of the event’s finale at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.

Raffle tickets for a VIP fireworks view from the top of the observation deck at the park will be sold at the Richmond Days booth all day Saturday.

All Aboard Trolley will offer rides around town — and to your parking spot — from noon to 9 p.m. It’s $1 per ride or $5 for a day pass. Tickets can be purchased at the Richmond Days booth.

Swan Island tours will be offered for a small fee ($2). Seaplane rides will also be an option at $55 per person.

The parade’s “favorite decades” theme has a few additions this year and kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday at the high school parking lot. Parade entries are still being accepted. Call Michelle Snowden, parade coordinator, at 737-4645.

“I think it’s going to be a great Richmond Days this year,” said Loon.

Staff Writer Wendy Almeida can be contacted at 791-6334 or at:

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